Sunday Territorian

Bruce calls for incentive


HOSPITALIT­Y NT chief executive Alex Bruce has called on the Territory and federal government­s to consider innovative ways to bolster vaccinatio­n rates.

In a wide-ranging column in today’s Sunday Territoria­n, Mr Bruce has called for various popular government schemes to be limited to those who have received the jab.

“There already are No Jab No Pay policies at the commonweal­th level linking access to childcare subsidies and family benefits to parents making sure their babies and children have been vaccinated,” Mr Bruce wrote.

“You can see this being expanded to a range of welfare payments to further drive vaccinatio­n rates both in urban and remote communitie­s.”

Mr Bruce also warned his industry was anxious about getting vaccinatio­n rates up.

“The cost to our industry and our staff and their families is far too great for our vaccinatio­n rate to fall further down the national league table,” he said.

“Our industry, among others, cops it in the neck every time a lockdown happens or a border to a key market is slammed shut.”

Mr Bruce also sent a message to his own industry, pleading with workers and customers to get vaccinated as quickly as possible so businesses are able to stay open in the event of another outbreak.

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